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American Handgunner Nov/Dec 2010 - Page 26

CARRYOPTIONS Sammy Reese FROM CLASSICS TO CUTTING EDGE IN CARRY METHODS InvIsIble leather I was making my way back to the FMG booth at this year’s SHOT Show, when my phone rang. “Sammy, there’s a really tall guy here, who talks funny; he has the craziest mullet I’ve ever seen and there’s a really pretty lady with him … he says he really needs to talk to you.” It took only a millisecond for me to realize it had to be Bob Mernickle and his lovely bride, Sherrie. “Tell them I’m on my way!” When I reached the booth, a small crowd had formed around Bob and Sherrie. To tell you the truth, it’s a toss up for me on whether the crowd formed to see the pretty lady, or to stare at Bob’s mullet. Check out the Mernickle website to take a look at their family photos and decide for yourself. After you stare in disbelief wondering how this tall, mullet-wearing, exCanadian (funny-talking) guy managed to charm Sherrie, make sure you look at the works of art Bob creates too. Bob’s attention to detail in his functional designs borders a bit on obsession. Don’t believe me? Give Bob a call and ask him about why a specific holster was designed a certain way. Make sure you have plenty of time, because Bob tends to break down every single detail. He would take his time to answer every solitary question a person could have — in copious detail — but Sherrie is sure to yank him off the phone to put him back to work, eventually. t the booth, Bob was more excited then normal. “I have something really cool to show you.” He reached in his bag and produced a medium-ride concealment holster in camouflage. “I don’t plan on doing concealed-carry holsters in this pattern right now, but I had to make one in 1911 for you,” he told me. At first glance, I thought there was no way this could be leather — I wrong. The pattern is Realtree AP design, made by Herman Oaks Leather. They found a way to seal the camo design into the highest-quality vegetable-tanned tooling leather. The finished product is water and scratch resistant, and best of all highly moldable for perfect-fit holsters. The holster Bob gave me worked as advertised, and was quite the conversation piece the day I wore it to a BBQ. I had to let a few people touch it, just to prove it really is leather. This rig is just too cool to not show off. My son Mason (aka Hondo) smiled ear-to-ear when I kitted him up with it for some photos. “Dad, can I have this holster when I get big enough to carry a gun?” Well, duh. A Something NEW Where’s Hondo? Mernickle’s new “actual leather” camo holsters have to be seen (or not seen?) to be believed! M 26 Made On Request ernickle Holsters has been turning over some of the best holsters for the past 35 years. During that time, Bob has never sat on his heels or been satisfied just doing the same old thing. He’s always working on new designs, and his search for the perfect camouflage leather has taken a long time. Bob originally planned to make his field-carry holsters and accessories in the pattern, but for an additional minimal cost you can have anything Mernickle Holsters makes in the Realtree AP camo; all you have to do is ask. * For More Info: Is that 1911 just hanging out in space or is there a holster there? WWW.AMERICANHANDGUNNER.COM • NOVEMBER/DECEMBER2010

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